Relay for Life, the signature fundraising event of the American Cancer Society (ACS), is underway for the fifth consecutive year in Chatham.

Those who are interested in discovering more about the fundraiser and how to become involved in it can access the website at relayforlife.org/chatham.

Last year, 49 teams, comprised of 500-plus individuals, participated in what has become an annual community-based, philanthropic endeavor, raising over $156,000 in donations and bringing the four-year total amount raised to $463,000. The money is used to fund life-saving cancer research studies, crucial patient care programs, and education and prevention initiatives.

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Kyra Miller, Community Manager, Relay for Life, said “to put the services that the ACS provides into a local context -- the Chathams are part of the ACS’s Northwest NJ Region, which last year served 1,510 cancer patients by providing them with, among other services: 581 rides to and from treatment; participation for 202 individuals in ‘Look Good, Feel Better’ workshops conducted by beauty professionals to help those undergoing cancer treatment with skin care, make-up, hair, and clothing issues; 186 free wigs and headscarves; and the facilitation of 54 ‘Reach to Recovery’ partnerships in which breast cancer survivors volunteer to provide support to those undergoing a breast cancer experience ranging from initial testing to diagnosis or treatment.”

Fourteen teams have already signed up for the 2017 campaign, which will culminate with a celebratory festival on Saturday, June 3 from 6 p.m. to midnight at Haas Field behind the Chatham Middle School. For more information, please contact Kyra Miller at 973-285- 8046 or at kyramiller@cancer.org.